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- Apr 4, 2017
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Biopic films have become all the rage the last several years, but even more so than biopics is a new fad. Films that base their plots upon the musical influences of others. The best way of describing Blinded By the Light is that it is a more musical version of Yesterday, except instead of being a movie about a guy influenced by “The Beatles”, it focuses on how the music of Bruce Springsteen influence a kin in London. I wasn’t sure how I would like the film based upon the trailers, but since I really enjoyed Yesterday when it came out a few months I was willing to give it a go, and came out pleasantly surprised. I still think that Yesterday was the clear winner in regards to musical biopic coming of age stories, but Blinded By the Light is a fun and uplifting films about following your dreams, and infusing some great music along the way. It never reaches the emotional heights it so obviously is aiming for, but the film is still quite a bit of fun.
The year is 1987, and the place is Luton, England. The jobs are at an all time low, the economy has crashed, and an influx of Pakistani immigrants over the years has sort of balkanized the general populace, and fueled by the anger and depression of low employment. Young Javed (Viveik Kalra) is one of these Pakistani immigrants, having lived in England his entire life when his parents up and moved away from the low options that was Pakistan. He tries to meekly make his way through high school, getting pushed around by the local skin heads, and not really finding a cliche that he fits into. That is until he is befriended by a Pakistani Sikh named Roops (Aaron Phagura) and introduced to the man who would change his life forever, Bruce Springsteen.
Blinded By the Light is a predominantly airy and lighthearted film, giving us that taste of uplifting excitement as we watch Javed become his own man. A timid and mousy boy at first, his love of writing draws him closer and closer to Bruce’s messages, and comforts him in the typically uncomfortable process of changing from child to adult. It’s a sweet tale that hits all of the right buttons and all of the right nuances to be enjoyable. The story is basic and never really pushes boundaries, but it is so hypnotically enthusiastic as it blasts Bruce Springsteen from every scene that you can’t help but get carried away with the fun of it all. Javed is a very relatable kid to man, coming from parents who hen peck him, a job economy that stinks, and the desire to be something, someone, MORE than what he was destined to be.
Rated PG-13 for thematic material and language including some ethnic slurs.
• The Most Crazy Thing
• Deleted Scenes
Based upon a true story, and adapted from Co-writer Sarfraz Manzoor’s novel “Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion, and Rock N’ Roll”, Blinded By the Light is a fun and uplifting coming of age story revolving around one of folk rock’s most iconic legends. The story is fast paced for a 2 hour film, and keeps an uplifting and rousing spirit throughout, even though there are a few tonal stumbles along the way. The audio and video scores are exemplary, and the extras fairly reasonable as well. All in all, a fun movie with a good technical presentation that is well worth checking out.
Starring: Billy Barratt, Viveik Kalra, Dean-Charles Chapman, Kit Reeve, David Hayman, Kulvinder Ghir
Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
Written by: Sarfraz Manzoor, Paul Mayeda Berges, Gurinder Chadha
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 AVC
Audio: English: Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Core), French, Spanish DD 5.1
Sugtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 118 minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: Own Blinded by the Light on Blu-ray and DVD on November 19 and Digital on October 22.
Recommendation: Good Watch